Pipe Insulation 2 Inch in Douglas, AK

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Pipe insulation helps stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweating pipes in the summer. Condensation on water pipes are going to ultimately result in mold damage in your house. Frozen pipes can easily result in considerable flooding damage and are going to bring on costly repairs. Simply by insulating your water pipes, you will save not only on troubles, but you could also decrease your fuel and water usage.

Presently there are many types of pipe insulation on the market today. The most popular kinds are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation 2 inch photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum protection from thermal loss as well as condensation. It is widely regarded as the leading choice for wrapping pipes since it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular dimensions which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include the fact that it is rigid and will not expand and contract nor should it be applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable type of insulation that does stand up to contact with heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a sturdy and a more energy efficient option that is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for cold and hot pipes and has a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F keeping it well-suited for very high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. It has a built-in jacket that secures all around the water pipes using a self-sealing lap. It comes in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the easiest type of pipe insulation to install is foam and foil insulation. The one-step procedure involves winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This particular kind of pipe insulation is also ideal for lessening plumbing pipe vibration and dampening pipe noises throughout the whole home or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation call for connecting the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds one more step to the insulating process.

In the end, the most effective type of pipe insulation is one which suits your job and the types of pipes that exist. You will need to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation product. Similarly, you will need a more long lasting pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for air conditioners.

Historically, contractors utilized asbestos pipe insulation due to its insulating and heat tolerance characteristics. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement expert to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very dangerous health hazard. Abatement professionals may recommend encapsulating asbestos-wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.